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Hotels for Press
Accommodation levels in Rio de Janeiro are anticipated to be at full occupancy during the conference. While it is not the responsibility of the United Nations to procure accommodation for the media, it should be noted that the Brazilian national organizing committee for Rio+20 has committed to blocking a minimum of 500 hotel rooms in Rio de Janeiro for media covering the conference. Costs must be covered by the media. For more details, visit: http://www.rio20.gov.br For information regarding room availability please contact: Terramar Travel Agency

Emails: reservas2@terramar.tur.br or reservas4@terramar.tur.br or reservas8@terramar.tur.br

Tel: (+55+21) 35120067 or (+55+11) 30142042 or (+55+19) 35145600

Media representatives must present their approval letter and copy rio20.hoteis@itamaraty.gov.br when requesting their accommodations.

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Civil society and the Valley of Death
Greenpeace and WWF have more in common than meets the eye. Although Greenpeace is a high-profile, aggressive campaigning organisation with a penchant for spectacle and WWF describes itself as a "critical friend" of business and government, both are trapped in the Valley of Death.

Civil society has had a great run over the last couple of decades. Baptised into the global community at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992, it has grown in influence, competence and resources. Many commentators and practitioners have told this tale, often warning of troubled waters to come.

Civil society engagement has delivered real and positive results, but it has not yet achieved the scale or depth required to lever a systemic impact. Moreover, 'more of the same' is unlikely to deliver better results, largely because conditions in the global economic context are changing so much. Therefore, civil society tactics and strategies must also evolve, rooted in a considered view of how civil society groups will function in a world with new and/or more extreme sustainability challenges, a clear need for business to be part of the solution and not merely 'not part of the problem', and a dramatic change in the cast of powerful political and economic interests that are seeking to shape tomorrow's agenda and how it might be advanced.

Civil society needs to up its game. The Year of the UN Rio+20 provides a fashionable moment for some game-changing moves but could. without ambition and direction, be just more of the same. While there will rightly be a deafening call for adequate natural resource pricing, these prices might be a long time coming, and if and when they do arrive might in unintended ways prove as unwelcome as their absence.
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